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Forum topic by KenBry posted 02-14-2012 03:28 PM 855 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KenBry

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02-14-2012 03:28 PM

In my local area, Phoenix AZ this weekend is a woodworkers carving expo this comming weekend. 18-19 Feb 2012 It would be nice to have events like this posted in a calander style. This way people can find events in their area that they can attend if they so wish.

Just a site suggestion.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 03:32 PM

I like that idea.

although this would mean an overhead for the site administrators since someone will have to update all those “local” events into the calendar. and there are a LOT of “local” areas around the globe (just a thought).

but the idea is really good.

edit: let me rephrase this a bit better : how would you suggest (since you did bring the idea up) that the events and the calendar will be managed? who will add/update events, and how will it be localized to different cities/states/countries?

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 03:57 PM

Who adds/updates projects on the site (or forum posts, or reviews… etc.). The community would provide the content. The site admins would just have to introduce the functionality to let us add/edit events.

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 04:54 PM

I like the idea as well. Allow the members to post their events.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 05:00 PM

I use another Forum that is HUGE (RC Universe). It has an event calendar that the members can post too. Something in its programming looks at the person’s location in there profile and adjusts events to suit them. However the person has the option to see all events as well.

Also if you are a bonified Club officer, (yes they verified it) you also had extended privileges on the events area to post club activities. This way other members from your club that used the site can see the events at the Local club and so on… It was pretty cool. I was a Club President for a RC group in New Mexico and used the forum to get club info out as well as our club website.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 05:03 PM

It’s a fine idea.
Perhaps it would be a good idea to use one of the public calender services such as provided by google or others? We got wheels that work already so we don’t need to invent a new one.
If Ken created the calender, for example, anyone in the universe could subscribe to it with their own calender program of choice. When I, or someone else, find an event we think should be put onto it, a PM to Ken and he puts it onto the “public” calender? It’ll save some huge thread that keeps getting updated (which would be hard to navigate anyway), and it’ll also save the site owners having to write something bespoke.
Hey – I could make and maintain the calender – I’m usually around and, unless you find an event in Portugal (like that’s going to happen), I have no vested interest in it :-).
Ken’s idea – Ken’s call – let’s see what the populace think.

Just an idealette :-)

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 05:06 PM

Great idea. I have a lot of events I could post.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 05:13 PM

Competition deadlines, voting deadlines etc etc too.
Also, by making it public, we’d possibly attract some new wood inclined people to the site.
If we were to go the “public” route, it could be up in minutes or hours, rather than waiting for the already overburdened admins to do it.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 05:14 PM

KnickKnack, I was thinking more about the site having it’s own. It wouldn’t need to have some crazy huge thread to handle the event postings either. It’s all automatic. Member fills out Form Event name; Event date start, end; location (so it can be google mapped). and it’s done… But this is up to the site admin to consider and incorperate if they choose.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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KnickKnack

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 05:19 PM

Usually I’d agree Ken – that would be ideal.
My worry is that, to put it simply, that that way it just won’t happen.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 05:25 PM

Unfortunatly I have no idea about the Google Calander thing. IF you know how to make that work I am totally kool with you taking the bull by the horns. My thought is that it may fall off the planet if it doesn’t at least get teh Forum mods to set up the basics in the main sight.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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KnickKnack

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 05:35 PM

Technically I can certainly do it.
But you’re right – unless it’s “up there” it may get overlooked.
I’m also not sure if everyone who would want to use it, would be able to – does everyone have some form of calender program, or a program that will read the calender.
Perhaps one could “split the difference” – make the calendar, start a new topic thread, the topic of which is the latest “plain text” listing. People could subscribe to that thread to be notified when it changes. When a new event is added, the public calendar is updated so anyone subscribing to the “public” thing gets updated. We also update the forum topic to be the latest listing (removing old ones at the same time) – might have to “bump” the thread with a dummy post – don’t know if changing the topic sends the “changed” emails – I suspect not.
I’m off to a Portuguese lesson now – but I think this is a very good idea.
I also think we should wait a day or so for more input – someone will have an idea how to make this even better.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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hairy

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 05:58 PM

Wasn’t that here at one time? I think it was, but didn’t get much usage.

Things change around here. The Awards tab is gone. I vaguely remember a tab for Stickies – faq’s and such.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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rance

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 04:01 AM

Someone could start an events Blog Series Called ’Events(Phoenix, AZ)’. Each ‘Part’ in the series would be for the months of that year(for that City, State). For example: ’January 2012’. You could even create all 12 threads for the year at one time. The series would look something like this:

Events(Phoenix, AZ)

Part 1: January 2012
Part 2: February 2012
Part 3: March 2012
...
Part 10: October 2012
Part 11: November 2012
Part 12: December 2012

Anyone could add a post to any thread. No managment involvement and it could be a start until something better comes along. One big key is keeping the titles consistent. That would certainly help with searches. Another good thing would be to put instructions at the top restrict long discussions in the thread. Jut keep it simple and concise and in a consistent format. It would mainly be for posting notifications, not for discussions. Folks could easily link to discussion threads elsewhere. This would help for those scanning the posts for events of his or her own interest.

Here’s what a typical user entry could look like:

Date: 2/18-19/2012
Event: Woodworkers Carving Expo
Place: Phoenix, AZ
Time: 8:00a-5:00p
Cost: $0
Contact: KenBry

I might suggest that MsDebbie post these thread series’s so someone could easilly go back to a well known member to more easilly locate all the Events locations in one place. Anyone could still post to the threads. Actually, if her or Martin post these, it would make sense to post all 12 months at one time to keep them more organized. Or maybe it would make more sense to have a person local to that area post these in their own blogs so they could sorta manage it.

The main problem I see with this is it would not be in chronological order. However, the creator of the Blog series could take it upon themselves to extract event information from the posts in the thread and sort them chronologically in their original post at the top(since they can edit that indefinitely).

I’d even request a new ‘Event’ tag under the ‘Type’ tab be added to more easily locate all of these Events entries.

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W A R N I N G

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The downfall of this implementation is that only one person create a calendar for a particular area. Having multiple calendars for one area is a real no-no. Let me repeat that, ”ONLY ONE CALENDAR PER CITY”.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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rance

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 05:00 AM

Or if you do a Search in LJ for ‘Events’, you come across this calendar. WOW. LOL! :) Looks like it hasn’t been used for years, but I’ll bet it still works. Only problem I see with this one is it doesn’t come up on the pulse page to remind everyone like the projects and blogs do.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 08:17 AM

nice one rance!
And – you can subscribe to that calender with iCal etc etc – guess people need to start sending those emails and we can get it populated with useful data.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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